Sims, William Sowden, ADM

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1925-1925, Bureau of Navigation
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1880 - 1922

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Boston, MA

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Sep 28, 1936
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Admiral William S. Sims, commander of U.S. naval forces in European waters during World War I, remarked: 

‘The average man suffers very severely from the pain of a new idea….It is my belief that the future will show that the fleet that has 20 airplane carriers instead of 16 battleships and 4 airplanes will inevitably knock the other fleet out.’
Other Comments:
He refused to accept the Distinguished Service Medal because he objected to the Navy’s policy of awarding medals to undeserving officers.

Promoted to Admiral in 1930 while retired

Foreign Awards:
Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (Great Britain), 
Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor (France), 
Grand Cordon, Order of the Rising Sun (Japan), 
Grand Cordon, Order of Leopold (Belgium),
Grand Officer of the Crown of Italy
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RODGERS, Thomas, RADM, (1878-1919) Rear Admiral Lower Half
Bristol, Mark Lambert, RADM, (1887-1932) Captain
Vogelgesang, Carl, RDML, (1890-1927) OFF 111X Captain
Alexander, George, CAPT, (1906-1938) OFF 111X Lieutenant
Knight, Austin Melvin, ADM, (1873-1918) Rear Admiral Upper Half
Cole, William Carey, VADM, (1889-1932) Commander
Belknap Jr., Charles, LCDR, (1903-1919) Lieutenant Commander

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